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Fingersmith [2005] [DVD]

4.5 out of 5 stars 113 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Rupert Evans, Imelda Staunton, Charles Dance
  • Directors: Aisling Walsh
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Freemantle
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2005
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009AMA8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,460 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

In the dark and twisting alleyways of dickensian London the stories of two very different young women collide with terrifying consequences...

Twenty year old petty thief, Sue Trinder, is part of an elaborate scam to defraud a wealthy heiress, Maud Lilley, of her inheritance. Encouraged by Mrs. Sucksby who has looked after her since she was orphaned, Sue assists conman Richard Rivers in his bid to elope with Maud before having her committed to a madhouse and claiming her fortune for himself.

But Sue's plans are turned upside down when she falls in love with Maud… and the tale twists further as the young women are separated just as they begin to realise the strength of their passion for each other…

Extra features: exclusive made for DVD featurette ''Behind the scenes of Fingersmith'', character profiles, episode synopses, photo gallery.

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I found this film absolutely first class from start to finish. I don't rate anything 5 stars unless it is exceptional in everything and I personally think this dramatisation from Sarah Waters novel is exactly that.The story is a beautiful one set in the London of about 1860's, combining lesbian romance with the day to day brutality of the period.The worlds of Sue,(Sally Hawkins) a "fingersmith" or pickpocket and that of heiress Maude,(Elaine Cassidy) a young lady collide with the help of fraudster Richard Rivers(Rupert Evans)and Mrs.Sucksby (Imelda Staunton)with a plan to cheat the heiress.There are several unexpected twists which I do not intend to give away.Superb,convincing characters and acting,a brilliant screenplay by Peter Ransley and director Aisling Walsh in on top of her game.
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After having seen the hilariously comical BBC production of Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet, I wasn't all that sure what to expect of BBC's Fingersmith. Fortunately, the result is more than satisfactory: miniseries featuring Elaine Cassidy and Sally Hawkins in the lead roles is superbly loyal to the book, wild and exciting work. Although all of the performances are truly exquisite, one of them still stands out: the young Elaine Cassidy in the role of Maud Lilly is all one can hope for and then some!
Strongly recommended, but do yourself a favor and read the novel first; it's such a magnificent experience.
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The actual TV mini-series as a stand alone story was presented very well. Excellent cast, the usual quality of BBC costumes and environments, and the story itself providing twists and turns and unexpected moments.
However if you've read the book, then viewing this adaptation feels like it's missing something. The book was a "can't-put-down" thriller, with so much character development and subtle plots and sub plots. I think the TV series missed some of that intensity and depth. It's very enjoyable but fans of the book will feel it's maybe a bit average.
The DVD itself is excellent quality with a really good behind-the-scenes extra, with interviews and comments from most of the main cast. On the whole still worth 4 stars!
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Spoiler-free review.
I'm not a native English speaker, therefore I beg you to forgive my bad English.

Fingersmith's TV miniseries lasts three hours, which is not enough time - considering the length of the book - to properly portray the whole story on screen. So, it is more like a well written summary showing the main scenes and events rather than a complete and heartfelt adaptation. Plot is still quite understandable but the script happens to lack of all the details, characters' feelings and characters insight that really define the world and the top-notch quality of the original novel. Therefore the audience can not get to know and to love the characters as it should, creating an unnatural distance between them. As I said, that is not because of a bad script. Only because of the short time the TV plot had to rely on.
Pity for those who watched the show before reading the book because they will not know what story they missed, or they will get to it too late.

But what for those who have already read the book?
For them, this show may turn out to be much more interesting. They already know the plot and its twists, so they will catch all the sneaking clues leading to what the show does not properly develop. They will have time to enjoy the environment and the acting without having to focus on plot and dialogues.
The setting is good. And by that I mean that the outdoor setting sucks (it is too claustrophobic, London looks like a city made up of two streets drawn together. Briar is very good though) but the indoor one is so good and detailed it makes up for it.
The acting is not bad, I guess, for a TV miniseries. Sadly, it is nowhere near the one of an actual and high quality movie, but I do not want to bother about it.
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Having read the novel by Sarah Waters, and being deeply moved by it, I decided to order the dvd and see how it had been interpreted on screen. I was impressed by the fact that the chemistry between the characters was not lost, and you genuinely cared about each individual. The only complaint that I actually have is the fact that a lot of the story had to be 'reduced', for example, in the book there is a lot made of Maud tending to her mother's grave with Sue always standing nearby, whereas in the film, that is not mentioned at all, which I felt was a shame.
However, overall, this is a fantastically produced production, based upon a real literary masterpiece. The acting is fantastic, and the passion, completely raw.
This is a film which will continue to move you over and over again.
Highly recommended.
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"Fingersmith" is a tale that is narrated by two orphaned girls;
Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs Sucksby, in a household of fingersmiths (pick-pocketers), in the centre of London.
Maud Lilly is a wealthy heiress, who when her mother dies, was sent to live with her Uncle in a Country Mansion.

One day Richard 'Gentleman' Rivers, arrives at Mrs Sucksby’s with an elaborate plan, which involves defrauding Maud of her inheritance.
If Sue help him, she'll get a share of the possible £30,000 inheritance. Her part in the plan is that she has pose as Maud's maid and convince her that 'Gentleman' is the man for her and that one she should marry.
Slowly a relationship develops between the two girls and as 'Gentleman's' plans take shape, Sue begins to have doubts.
The scheme is finally hatched but as Maud commences her narrative it suddenly becomes clear who has double-crossed who!!.
I honestly did not see the twist at the end of episode 1 coming. Just over 2.5hrs long ... well worth the £6 that Amazon is selling it for. 5*
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